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Lake Baikal and Buryatia Tour
8 days/ 7 nights
Unforgettable journey to Baikal Lake!
Discover the beauty of lake Baikal – largest freshwater lake in the world and the world's deepest lake. Get to know its people and the many cultures that thrive together in the Buryat Republic. See the The Circum Baikal Railway: the trans-Siberian rail section that was built more than 100 years ago! Travel to the magnificent Olkhon Island: the biggest island as well as the geographical, historical and sacred centre of the lake. Drive Russian 4WD cars, have a picnic on cape Khoboy (try the local delicacy, the Omul fish, this is truly the only place in the world you can do that!). Learn all about the roots of the local Buryat people in Ust Orda settlement and stand in the heart of the Buryat Republic – in Ulan Ude; take a trip to Ivolginsky Datsan – a Buddhist monastery complex, founded during Stalin's times and with his permission. The highlight of the tour should be the visit to the village of Tarbagatai, the Russian Orthodox Old Believers, a sect of the Orthodox Church guided by traditions that predate the church’s 17th-century reforms.
- Introduction to Your Journey
- Your Itinerary
- Tour Departures and Prices
- What's Included
Irkutsk • Listvyanka settlement • Round Baikal Railroad • Olkhon Island • Ulan-Ude
Today, you arrive in Irkutsk. You will meet with the group at 10am* at the airport and you will be transferred to the Taltsy open-air museum. After the visit, you will drive to Listvyanka settlement for lunch at a local café. After lunch, embark on an excursion around the village visiting Lake Baikal museum and Chersky stone view point. Afternoon transfer to Irkutsk where you will check in to your hotel „Sovetskaya“. Meals included: Lunch.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Raketa pier. Today you are going to visit the famous Circum Baikal Railroad by fast boat. Enjoy lunch at a local cafe. The Circum Baikal Railway is the trans-Siberian Railway section that was built more than 100 years ago. There are a lot of beautifully constructed tunnels and bridges along the way. Nowadays this section does not work any longer due to the construction of the hydropower electric station on the Angara River that resulted in flooding the part of the Railway. On the way you can enjoy picturesque views of Lake Baikal. Our guide will tell you interesting facts about the construction of the Circum Baikal Railway. In the evening you will return to Irkustk. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch.
After breakfast at the hotel restaurant, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 9:00. Today you will visit the heart of Lake Baikal – Olkhon island. Transfer to the Island (280 km from Irkutsk). On route you will take a break for lunch in a café (Buryat cuisine). Upon the arrival, you will check in at “Baikalov ostrog” hotel. Make sure to join the walking tour to cape Burkhan, located on the western coast, close to Khuzhir; Baikal's most famous landmark, the Shamanka, or Shaman's Rock. Natives believe that Burkhan, a modern religious cult figure of the Altai peoples, lives in the cave in this rock. The rock is one of nine most sacred places in Asia. Enjoy free time or, for the extra charge, visit the Buryat village, where people learn the customs and traditions of Buryat people, who live on the Island, also you can meet a Buryat Shaman or join a mini-cruise on the lake! Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch.
After breakfast at the hotel restaurant, your guide will meet you at the reception at 9:50. Take an excursion to the Northern part of the island – cape Khoboy by Russian 4WD cars. The trip will take about 7 hours. Enjoy a picnic with traditional Baikal fish – omul. Return to the hotel to rest. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch-Picnic.
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby at 8:00. You will chheck-out and drive to Irkutsk (300 km.). On route you will visit Ust-Orda settlement and a local complex of Buryat culture, where you will get acquainted with customs and traditions of Buryat people and have lunch. Upon arrival to Irkutsk, you will be transferred to the train station to board the train to Ulan- Ude. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight on the train (2 nd class 4berth compartment).
You arrive early in Ulan-Ude and get transferred to the hotel „Reston“, where you will leave your luggage so you can enjoy a sightseeing city tour. After the excursion, check-in at the hotel. You will get a chance to try some local delicacies during lunch at a cafe in Ulan-Ude. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Ivolginsky temple for an excursion. Return back to the hotel to rest. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tarbagatai settlement to visit the village of Old Believers. Enjoy the excursion at the village, getting acquainted with the culture and customs of Old Believers. After lunch with a local family, you will return to the hotel for some free time. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Your adventure comes to an end! After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out from the hotel and be transferred to the airport. Meal included: Breakfast.
Lake Baikal and Buryatia, 2020
Irkutsk – Listwyanka settlement – Circum Baikal Railroad - Olkhon Island – Ulan-Ude
8 days/7 nights
|DEPARTURE 2020||Prices based on 2 passengers joining a group, |
price PER PERSON FROM, excluding flights
|Single room supplement, |
price per person from
| 12 to 19 June, 2020 ||1018.69 £||263.38 £|
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order of excursions
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Included in price:
• English speaking guide service (7 days)
• Accommodation at the hotel „Sovetskaya“ or similar in standard rooms, 2 nights (Irkutsk)
• Accommodation at the hotel „Reston“ or similar in standard rooms, 2 nights (Ulan-Ude)
• Accommodation at the hotel „Baikalov ostrog“ or similar in standard rooms, 2 nights (Olkhon)
• Meals as per itinerary
• Transport service as per itinerary, including train tickets
• All excursions as per itinerary, including museum entrance tickets.